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Donald Wayne Keys

July 27, 1936 ~ August 11, 2021

Donald Wayne Keys, age 85, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at West Palm Beach VA Medical Hospice Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Born July 27, 1936 in Veedersburg, Indiana, he was the son of the late Alfred and Evelyn Hicks Keys. Donald was a United States Army veteran and attended Purdue University. While attending college, he married Kathleen Ann Eurley on August 2, 1969 and together started a family of one daughter and twin sons in Munster, Indiana.

In 1980, Donald moved his family to a 25-acre farm in Cadiz, KY and took a position as a plant manager at Kentucky Machine and Engineering, Inc. where he ultimately retired as a manufacturing sales engineer in 2002. Donald was a lifelong member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

In addition to his parents and three siblings, Donald was preceded in death by his son Edward John Keys (September 16, 2020); and is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathleen A. Keys of Vero Beach, FL; daughter Linda S. Thomas (Jimmy) of Pleasant View, TN; and son Michael A. Keys of Cadiz, KY; 5 grandchildren; one-step grandson; and one-step great-grandson.

Donald was an avid reader, enjoyed fishing, golfing, camping, woodworking, crocheting, painting, tinkering and loved eating food.

Donald and his wife were former members of Cadiz Christian Church in Cadiz, KY and are current members of the St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Friends of Fisher House VA Medical Center-West Palm Beach, 7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL. 33410 or St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL. 32966.

A memorial service to celebrate Donald’s life will be announced at a later date.


Elisha Cross

August 19, 2021, 12:34 am

I am so sorry to hear this such a wonderful kind person


August 19, 2021, 1:35 am

I’m so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Thinking and praying for you Kathy & your family. Condolences from Wieslawa, Robert and Melanie Grau

Troy, Angelia Walker and family

August 19, 2021, 11:23 am

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out for you and your family.

Lucille Folster

August 19, 2021, 3:35 pm

Kathy and family know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. He will surely missed by many who have come to know and love him. Take care of yourselves. Love. Lanny and Lucille

Pam Perry

August 19, 2021, 6:14 pm

Don was such a kind and loving person. He always kept up with his friends here in Cadiz. Will always love him and Kathy. May he rest in peace now.

Ruth ann spence

August 19, 2021, 6:28 pm

So sorry of the loss of your father Linda. Memories allow them to never age. Love Ruth ann

Kim Mack615

August 19, 2021, 7:15 pm

I am so sorry for your loss my condolences for the whole family I will keep you in thoughts

Richelle Deharde

August 19, 2021, 7:51 pm

Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great guy. We are praying for all of you.

Jackie Hammond

August 21, 2021, 1:48 am

Linda, I am so sorry to hear this news. Prayers and hugs to you, Jimmy, JT and to your mom!

Dana Darnall Moore

August 25, 2021, 10:16 pm

I am so sorry for you loss.

Deborah Gauthier

October 10, 2021, 9:19 pm

Dear Kathy and family one of my favorite goobers. I am so sorry for your loss. 52 years of memories although sad now. Eventually you will laugh and cherish everyone? The best of love,humor, and sometimes anger. Prayers and more prayers. Deborah jean and Ron

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